Marilyn Tam is a speaker, author, consultant, board certified executive/corporate coach, CEO of Marilyn Tam & Co. and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp.; President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc.; and is a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies.
Inc. Magazine ranks her as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world. She is one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world according to Inc. Magazine. Brand Channel.com lists her as one of the four most prominent names in ethical business globally.
Marilyn is a contributing writer to Huffington Post on how to live a happy, healthy, successful, and dynamically balanced life.
She has had an extraordinarily diverse life, from her beginnings in a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong to her meteoric rise through the executive ranks of the international business world to become an influential corporate leader, speaker, author, corporate consultant, leadership coach, and respected humanitarian.
She has developed and built four companies in fields as diverse as a corporate consulting and training company, a web portal company, a supply chain software company and an integrated health and wellness company.
Marilyn speaks and consults globally with Fortune 500 companies, governments and non-profit organizations and on leadership, life balance, gender & diversity, change management and how to integrate social and environmental concerns into businesses profitably. Her Net Promoter Score (NPR), the industry standard for measuring customer satisfaction, from her clients is among the highest rated of all speakers. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Us Foundation, www.usfoundation.org, whose mission is to facilitate global action plans and dialogue to address social, economic and environmental issues. Us Foundation is one of the partners for United Nations Habitat-II, and was nominated as a candidate for the organization’s “Best Practice Award.”
She was a two terms (maximum) director on the national board of SCORE Association, a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE provides entrepreneurial education and helps in the development, growth and success of over 500,000 small businesses nationwide.
She served on the international board of The Reebok Human Rights Awards, along with former President Jimmy Carter; renowned musicians Peter Gabriel and Sting; Rafer Johnson, Chairman of the Special Olympics; Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center; and Paul Fireman, Chairman of Reebok International Ltd. She was awarded The Reebok Human Rights Award for her humanitarian work.
Whether she was directly improving the lot of workers in her contract factories around the world, or developing and conducting seminars to train other entrepreneurs in business leadership programs internationally, Marilyn always gives back. She is committed to the belief that philanthropy is integral to and provides an essential balance and relevance to her work.
Marilyn was an advisor to the country of Bhutan, working with the Ministers and government officials to transition the country into the 21st Century while retaining their cultural and environmental heritage.
Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Fempreneur magazine. Jack Canfield detailed her work in his book on the strategies for success, “The Success Principles”. She is featured as in the bestselling book, Fearless Women, Midlife Portraits by Alspaugh, Kentz, and Halpin; Daryn Kagan, former CNN anchor spotlighted Marilyn as one who dared to dream that they can make a difference in her book What’s Possible. She was honored with the Artemis Award for her business and humanitarian work by the Greek government and the Euro American Women’s Council in Athens, Greece, with her likeness on a Greek postage stamp. eWomenNetwork presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Marilyn is featured several inspirational documentary movies including The GLOW Project, The Compass, Tapping the Source and FEMME for her accomplishments and inner wisdom.
Marilyn is a lifetime member of Who’s Who World Wide and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.
Marilyn’s book, The Happiness Choice, was the top three most read book by businesses according to 800 CEO Read. The book won the Silver Medal of the Global eBook Awards. The book shows how and why happiness is crucial for business productivity and success, and for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.
Her book How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want is available globally in six languages. Living the Life of Your Dreams was eBook of the Year in the Inspirational category.
She was honored with a PhD in Humane Letters by Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
Bio courtesy of the Washington Speakers Bureau